Get Your Motor Runnin’ …

The FX Limited SVHO leads the pack.
Yamaha has announced its 2018 WaveRunner range, with models to suit riders from beginner to racer.

Yamaha Motor Australia has introduced its 2018 WaveRunner line-up, featuring a new flagship model and a raft of striking graphic and colour combinations.

The new range is Yamaha’s most comprehensive line-up to date, catering to riders of all levels, from beginners, weekend adventurers and family riders, to sports enthusiasts, racers and serious tourers.

“Following on from a year of achievements on the water with the successful debut of the GP1800 and Rec-Lite EX series, it’s fantastic to witness the continued evolution of the WaveRunner range with the new 2018 models,” says Yamaha Motor Australia’s Mark Harman.

“Yamaha’s 2018 WaveRunner range is the most complete watercraft range ever offered and features arguably the most exciting and feature-packed models ever seen on Australian shores.”

Headlining the range is the FX Limited SVHO, a luxury performance model which made its debut in the USA earlier this year and is the direct evolution of the previous generation FX Cruiser SVHO. It features four flush-mount mooring cleats and new CNC-cut deck mats, as well as Yamaha’s three-person Cruiser Seat, RiDE dual throttle controls, and Rider Assist controls. It rides on Yamaha’s chop-conquering and dry-riding FX hull, comprising the company’s proprietary light and durable NanoXcel 2 hull and deck material.

Powering the new FX Limited SVHO is Yamaha’s largest capacity powertrain, a supercharged, 1.8lt four-cylinder Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) marine engine. The SVHO’s power is transferred to the water through the top-loader intake grate – developed on the race circuit – and a 160mm high-pressure pump, providing eye-watering acceleration and top speed.


Yamaha’s head-turning new designs are sure to impress, with the FX Limited SVHO in crimson red and black metallic leading the pack, followed by the FX SVHO in white with torch red metallic, the FX Cruiser HO in black metallic with white, and the FX HO finished in azure blue metallic with white.

The entry-level Recreational-Lite range includes two models, with the fun and exciting EX model available in white with blue, and the EX Deluxe model available in electric green with carbon metallic, or in an all-new ‘nova blast’ blue metallic.

The value-packed, full-size Recreational 2018 VX series includes three models – the flagship VX Limited, finished in crimson red with black metallic, the VX Deluxe in azure blue with black metallic, and the entry-level VX in electric green with white.


Already a favourite among racers in its maiden year, the GP1800 rocketed to the top of the podium in domestic and international races, including winning the Australian 2017 Pro Am Stock Runabout Title at the hands of Yamaha’s Mitch Wayt, in April. The GP1800 leads the Race-Inspired range and is available in the quintessential Team Yamaha blue, as well as in torch red metallic.

Complementing the Race-Inspired class is the light and powerful VXR, a WaveRunner that is dominating naturally aspirated race classes around the globe. For 2018, the VXR will be available in two impressive finishes: a new black with azure blue metallic, and an unmistakable matte carbon with black metallic.

Rounding out the line-up is the popular SuperJet, said to be the original choice for stand-up riders seeking raw engagement and performance. For 2018, the SuperJet is finished in a new white, green and blue combination.

Yamaha hits the water with a complete personal watercraft range – a stand-up model, an entry-level Rec-Lite range, a family-friendly range and a performance range – delivering a watercraft solution for a broad range of rider preferences and skill levels.

Yamaha WaveRunners are handcrafted in the USA with powertrains built in Japan to deliver reliable, innovative and performance-packed watercraft. The 2018 range will be available in Aussie WaveRunner dealerships shortly.